Mairo Ese Biography: Age, Wife, Children & Net Worth

Mairo Ese – Gospel Artist

Stage Name: Mairo Ese
Real Name: Oghenemairo Okechukwu Ese
Occupation: Gospel Artist 
Date Of Birth/Age: 27th May, 1982 (41 years old)
Place of Birth: Port Harcourt
Gender: Female
Nationality: Nigerian
Marital Status: Ayo Thompson (Wife)
Education: University of Lagos
Known for: Nani Gi

Mairo Ese, whose full name is Oghenemairo Okechukwu Ese, and who is also popularly known as Mairo Ese, was born on May 27, 1982. He is a Nigerian songwriter and gospel singer. He gained recognition for his hit songs “Nani Gi” and “You Are The Reason.” In 2015, he released his first album, titled “Worship of Yahweh.”

Early Life

He is the first of four children, with three siblings. His father was a businessman, and his mother worked as an accountant at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). Their family lived a modest and content life, valuing the importance of contentment and sharing, regardless of their financial status. Their home was always open to both family and strangers, and his parents were known for nurturing and caring for many. The relationship between him and his siblings, Kome, Orez, and Oruaro, has always been strong, and the sudden loss of their father two decades ago brought them even closer as a family.

Mairo Ese and Pastor Tony Rapu
Mairo Ese and Pastor Tony Rapu


His educational journey began at Delta State University, and later, he transferred to the University of Lagos to pursue his first degree. In his childhood, his dreams revolved around attending university, graduating, securing a 9-5 job, and making money. He also nurtured a dream of playing professional football, as he is a devoted Arsenal fan (COYG!). His aspirations were all about achieving a better life than what he had experienced growing up. He longed to travel the world and live comfortably.

Music Career

His musical journey began in 1998 when he joined a choir for the first time and he gave his life to Christ as a teenager. Although he did not anticipate a full-time career in music at the time, he discovered his love for singing during secondary school. In university, he became part of the Sovereign Army Student Fellowship Choir and joined a worship team called Euphoria, where they poured their hearts into worship.

Later, he completed his National Youth Service (NYSC) in Kaduna and served in the choir at the House on the Rock church in Jos. Upon returning to Lagos after NYSC, he was offered a full-time position as a Worship Leader at This Present House, which led to his full-time commitment to ministry. 

In 2005, Mairo Ese officially started his music career with the release of his first single, “We Praise You.” In 2014, he released another single, “You Are The Reason.”

In September 2015, he released his debut album, “Worship of Yahweh,” which included tracks like “Ole Hallelujah” featuring Nathaniel Bassey, “Nani Gi,” and “Come Boldly.” His second album, “Spirit and Life,” was released in September 2020, consisting of 12 tracks.

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In June 2022, Mairo Ese initiated a music project called “The Equipping (Tongues and Chants),” which involved a live recording aimed at helping people engage in an hour of prayer and chanting in tongues. He has collaborated with notable gospel artists such as Nathaniel Bassey, Nosa, TY Bello, and others.

Mairo Ese and Nathaniel Bassey with Spouses
Mairo Ese and Nathaniel Bassey with Spouses

His music primarily consists of praise and worship, aiming to encourage people to recognize God’s greatness and power. It’s an expression of his personal journey with God.

In his perspective, good gospel music is all about conveying the message of Jesus Christ. Key elements of a good sound include effectively conveying the song’s message.


His album, titled “Spirit and Life,” reflects his walk with God. It draws inspiration from John 6:63, which says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” His prayer is that this album will breathe life into the listeners. Like many projects, the journey wasn’t always smooth, but the ultimate goal kept him going.

“Worship of Yahweh” (2015) with 10 tracks.

“Spirit and Life” (2020) with 12 tracks.

Some of his notable singles include “You Are The Reason” (2014), “Nani Gi” (2015), “Everlasting” (2017), “Ole Halleluyah” featuring Nathaniel Bassey, “The Only God” (2017), “Hold to His Hand” (2020), and “Manifest” (2020).


Mairo Ese’s musical accomplishments include “Nani Gi” winning The Beatz Awards 2016 for Best Afro Gospel Producer, which has contributed to his recognition as a Nigerian Gospel minister based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is celebrated for his gospel hit singles, including “The Only God,” “Nani Gi,” and “You Are the Reason.” He is a passionate worshipper, songwriter, and worship leader with a divine mandate to lead people to God through worship.

His musical influences and role models have varied over time, including worship ministers like Bob Fitts, Terry McAlmon, Ron Kenoly, Donnie McClurkin, Darlene Zschech from Hillsong, Nathaniel Bassey, and others.

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Wife and Kids

Mairo Ese and Wife Ayo Mario Ese
Mairo Ese and Wife Ayo Mario Ese

Mairo Ese got engaged to Nigerian media personality Ayo Thompson in May 2017, and they had their wedding ceremony in November of the same year. 

Ayo Thompson Ese, previously known as Ayo Mairo Ese (nee Thompson), is a highly acclaimed Broadcaster, Event Compere, and Public Speaker. She is renowned as the co-host of the popular breakfast show on Smooth 98.1FM, known as ‘Smooth Breakfast.’ Ayo’s career in media began on TV with Cool TV in 2014, and over the years, she has had the privilege of interviewing notable figures like CNN’s Richard Quest and Hollywood Actor Eric Roberts.

Net Worth

Mairo Ese net worth is estimated to be about one million dollars. You can connect with him on Instagram.